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Accused Seminole Heights killer still faces death penalty
Mar 24, 2022
TAMPA, Fla — Accused Seminole Heights killer Howell Donaldson will still face the death penalty if convicted of killing four people in 2017. Those few months nearly five years ago are hard to forget as the community waited for Tampa police to make an arrest.

Donaldson appeared in court Thursday with his defense team to go over 18 motions filed. Several of those motions had hoped to prove the death penalty is unconstitutional and should be taken off the table.

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Accused Seminole Heights killer fights for his life in court
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The ONLY I would take the death penalty off the table for this horrible person is if he agreed to life without parole and plead guilty to 4 premeditated murders.
There is no way in my opinion that he didn't plan these and knew exactly what he was doing from the day he started to the day he was captured.
I don't agree that the courts approved the request for him to have 4 separate trials but I don't make those decisions. I'm thankful the judge sees through him and their motions in this case and denies them.

Has anyone heard if they've asked for change of venue?

Seminole Heights murder trials can include evidence from other killings, court rules
Seminole Heights murder trials can include evidence from other killings, court rules
In the case of Howell Donaldson, an appeals court Friday overturned a ruling that limited what evidence the state can use in each of four trials.
April 8, 2022
TAMPA — Prosecutors will be able to talk about evidence of other crimes — specifically that four separate Seminole Heights shootings were linked by the same gun — in the four murder trials of Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, an appeals court has ruled.
The fact that the same gun was used in each homicide is relevant for the state to establish that Donaldson was the perpetrator, wrote appellate Judge J. Andrew Atkinson.
A trial date has not yet been set.

If Donaldson is found guilty, prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.
Published June 30, 2022 6:15PM
The document goes on to say that Casimar Naiboa has "refused to cooperate" in scheduled depositions, and even ignored a court order by the judge to show up.
Donaldson’s next court hearing is set for September.

next hearing on November 7. A trial date will also be set, and defense motions will be handled on that day.
Octover 10, 2022
Hillsborough Public Defender Julianne Holt, whose office represents Donaldson, last week asked a judge to re-combine the four murder charges to make them the subject of a single trial. Her request came after an appeals court earlier this year ruled that each jury should at least be able to hear about evidence of the other three killings — namely, that they occurred with the same gun.
In a 33-page motion filed in court Wednesday, Hillsborough Public Defender Julianne Holt argues that police had no reason to suspect Donaldson of any wrongdoing when they detained him on Nov. 28, 2017, at the McDonald’s restaurant in Ybor City where he worked.

Holt also argues that the prolonged time Donaldson spent in police custody was unlawful. And his consent to let investigators examine his property was not voluntary, but a “coerced response” to police authority.
His trial is scheduled to begin in August.
TAMPA, Fla. — Howell Donaldson, the accused Seminole Heights serial killer, pleaded guilty to four counts of murder in exchange for avoiding the death penalty on Monday morning.
Donaldson will receive four life sentences.

The now-confessed serial killer was on trial for the murders of Benjamin Edward Mitchell, Monica Hoffa, Anthony Naiboa, and Ronald Felton between Oct. 9, 2017, and Nov. 14, 2017.

Did anyone ever find out a motive or more information on this one? It seems like so many of you were deeply invested but with the trial not happening I don’t know if we have answers. Did anything come of the ex boyfriend or anything further about what his family life was really like?

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